Persuasive Essay On School Lunches

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School lunch is an obvious problem that has yet to be fixed. Mark Samuelsson once said, “We struggle with eating healthily, obesity, and access to good nutrition for everyone. But we have a great opportunity to get on the right side of this battle by beginning to think differently about the way that we eat and the way that we approach food.” A well know fact to almost all students and their parents is that there are many problems with school lunches and it needs to change. Not only is school lunch unhealthy, but it also does not taste good most of the time. Some people feel that school lunch is not that big of a deal so it should be very cheaply processed in factories and preserved, but that is not the case. In order to solve the lingering…show more content…
Parent should explain to their children that choosing a healthier, more nutritious lunch will give them enough energy to have a productive school day and after school activities. Parents can look over the school menu with their kids and can explain which foods are the best and why. Parents can also pack healthy lunches for their children, at least occasionally. Kids should be encouraged to choose meals that include fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains, accompanied by either milk, juice, or water. Something as simple as cutting food up will make children actually want to it. Cubing food such as chicken, cheese, veggies, and fruits can give them an appealing look and can make kids actually enjoy their food. Some other things to keep in mind when packing school lunch are replacing some of the unhealthy foods. Instead of high fat lunch meats, lower fat deli meats are better and white bread replaced with wheat should be considered. Instead of snacking on cookies, replacing that with maybe trail mix or yogurt is a good option. Anything with less fat and sugar, and more fiber and vegetables is good. Packing children’s school lunch is about the healthiest, most nutritious filled lunch they can receive at…show more content…
They started off by hiring professionally trained chefs, redesigning the dining area, and expanding the menu, including regional and organic foods. It focused on vegetables, whole grains, and good proteins instead of meat. The program was successful, but there was one question. Could this lunch program take place in public schools? It was answered soon after. A similar program started in a public school shortly after at Berkeley Unified School District in California. Chef Alice Waters had already brought nutrition awareness to Berkeley’s Public Schools, but momentum carried when a salad bar was added in and the schools started cooking from 95 percent scratch instead of using processed foods. “Surveys have shown that most students actually like the new health changes, or at least enough to not complain to school administrators to change school lunches. according to a study backed up by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, around 70 percent of elementary students “generally liked” the new lunches. Middle and high schools were not much different ranging from 63 percent to 70 percent “generally like” new school lunches”
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